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July 2003 Road Trip

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Below you will find all the entries from our road trip out west in July 2003, in order from oldest (first) to newest (last).

It may take a few moments for this page to fully load. There are something like 181 photos posted in the following entries.

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7/5/2003

Off We Go [road trip] — jon @ 8:18 pm

Today we left for our trip. First stop, Annawan, Illinois..

annawan

7/6/2003

Field of Dreams [road trip] — jon @ 11:57 pm

We left Illinois and headed for Iowa..

iowa farm

First time I've crossed the Mississippi driving..

mississippi

We decided to detour a bit and check out the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa..

Ike's cheering on the kids playing baseball..

..actually it's a yawn, but i still like the photo. Here's the house from Field of Dreams..

On the way to Sioux Falls, SD we came across this huge wind farm in Clear Lake, IA..

wind farm

..with these massive wind turbines..

wind turbine

We arrived in Sioux Falls, SD just as the sun was setting..

sioux falls sunset

Tomorrow, Rapid City.

7/7/2003

Long Day [road trip] — jon @ 10:42 pm

It started innocently in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We headed west, and stopped to see the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD:

corn palace

Then, about 10 miles outside of Chamberlain, SD there were these guys sandblasting the closed lane of an overpass in a work zone.. Why they were sandblasting, I don't know.. but I spent the next 2 hours or so hanging out there dealing with this:

broken window

How fun.

At least I got to see one of the 'real' General Lees at a museum in Murdo, SD:

general lee

..and I got to meet some nice new faces.. or maybe they're old faces..

studebaker

tractor

and then we drove through the Badlands..

badlands

..and stopped by Wall Drug in Wall, SD:

wall drug

So now my window looks like this..

garbage bag

..and I get to spend several hours tomorrow getting the window replaced in Rapid City, SD instead of spending it at Mt. Rushmore. Oh well. Nobody got hurt.

More tomorrow.. maybe.

7/8/2003

Mt. Rushmore [road trip] — jon @ 11:26 pm

So today we got our window fixed in Rapid City, SD. I didn't take a photo of the glass place, sorry.

With new glass, we headed down to Keystone, SD to see Mt. Rushmore..

mt rushmore daytime

Then we headed toward Custer, SD to see the Crazy Horse Memorial..

crazy horse

We ended up skipping it since they wanted $18 to see it, and it's not even done yet. :) We got the above photo as we turned around and headed for the hotel.

When we got there, this cool little helicopter was taking folks for scenic views of the area right across the street (i didn't go for a ride)..

helicopter

After resting a bit in the hotel and grabbing some dinner, we headed back up to Mt Rushmore for their lighting ceremony. While we waited, this really nifty thunderhead showed up to the north..

thunderhead

..and as the sun began to set..

thunderhead orange

As it started to get dark, we listened to a park ranger give a talk about Teddy Roosevelt, watched a short movie and sang the Star Spangled Banner as they began to turn on the lights..

mt rushmore night

And as our day of glass fixing and colossal sculpture gazing came to a close, we decided to end it properly..

dq

Tomorrow it's on to Wyoming.

7/9/2003

Deadwood [road trip] — jon @ 11:26 pm

This morning we woke up and made our way to Deadwood, SD..

deadwood

..had breakfast and did some shopping. There was a shootout at high noon..

shootout

..with some ladies watching on..

lady

After the shootout, we did a little more shopping and climbed up to check out the grave of Wild Bill..

wild bill

Then we headed out of town towards Devils Tower..

devils tower

devils tower 2

On the way out of the park, we ran into these guys..

prairie dog

prairie dog 2

Then it was time to head west for Wyoming..

wyoming sunset

About an hour after sunset, we rolled in to Cody, WY. Time to sleep.

Tomorrow, Yellowstone.

7/11/2003

Yellowstone [road trip] — jon @ 11:25 am

I didn't have net access last night in Yellowstone, so this entry covers both 7/10 and 7/11..

Woke up this morning in Cody. Had a few bugs on the front of the car..

bugs

From Cody it was off to Yellowstone. What a beautiful place. We saw all kinds of things, like bison..

bison

.. including on the road ..

buffalo on the road

At least he was in the correct lane.

The roads here are pretty wild..

mountain road

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for waterfalls. This place is full of them..

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

It's not all waterfalls and bison, however.. There are elk..

elk

..and hot springs..

hot spring

mammoth hot springs

hot spring

..and waterfalls running from hot springs..

hot spring waterfall

..and geysers..

geyser

..including, of course, the most famous geyser, Old Faithful..

old faithful

old faithful

It's Friday night, and we're now in Grand Teton..

jackson lake

jackson lake

We're here tomorrow night too, so more from Grand Teton then.

7/12/2003

Jackson Hole [road trip] — jon @ 9:28 pm

We woke up in Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, WY.

Ike slept well. He got his own bed..

ike's bed

We spent the night in a cabin pretty much on Jackson Lake, with a good view of the mountains.

We ate breakfast in the lodge and then drove south through the park towards Jackson, WY for lunch.

Along the way both down and back, there were almost as many different places to capture images of the mountains as there were waterfalls in Yellowstone..

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

There were more bison, too..

buffalo

buffalo

bison

..and of course, bison and mountains..

bison and mountains

bison and mountains

..and some other beautiful scenery..

sagebrush

big sky

rocky beach

After dinner, I made good on my promise to Ike and took him down to the lake for a swim..

swimming dog

As the sun sets, we're enjoying the view from our cabin..

setting sun

Tomorrow it's off to Casper, WY.

7/13/2003

Early Morning [road trip] — jon @ 10:02 pm

This morning we decided to get up at 0445hrs and try and get some photos of the mountains at first light. We weren't disappointed..

mountain at dawn

mountain at dawn

mountain at dawn

Then, after going back to sleep for a few hours we headed out for Casper, WY.

We stopped for lunch in Dubois (doo-boys, not doo-bwah), WY..

bernies

We went a little out of our way to see the hot springs in Thermopolis, WY..

hot springs

hot springs

It was ok.. difficult to photograph.

Then we continued on towards Casper.. What a pretty drive..

butte

Except for the road construction.. and in Wyoming, when they say road work, they mean it..

road work

So tonight we're in Casper (no photos, sorry). Tomorrow it's on to Cheyenne.

7/14/2003

Cheyenne [road trip] — jon @ 9:09 pm

This morning we woke up in Casper, WY. We slept in a little later than the past several days.. driving around two large national parks for 4 days wore us out a bit. Happily we only had a relatively short drive today from Casper to Cheyenne.

We stopped a few times along the way to snap some photos of the scenery..

high plains

wildflower

Ike is becoming quite the well-travelled puppy dog..

ike

Once we got to Cheyenne, we found out there wasn't much to do. There's an Air Force base here that was home to one of the first ballistic missle groups, but they don't give tours anymore.

There's also a big Union Pacific railroad depot in town..

union pacific

union pacific engine

union pacific engine

..but they're renovating the museum, so that's closed too.

In a park near our hotel, they have a Union Pacific Big Boy on display..

big boy

big boy

..said to be one of the largest steam locomotives ever built.

They had an old west shootout in downtown Cheyenne..

shootout

shootout

Tonight we're at the Hitching Post..

hitching post

Another city, another sunset..

cheyenne sunset

..tomorrow, Estes Park, Colorado.

7/15/2003

Colorado [road trip] — jon @ 9:04 pm

Nothing too exciting today. We drove from Cheyenne to Estes Park, Colorado.

We stopped in Ft. Collins for breakfast..

waffle house

Once we got to Estes, we walked around the town looking in the shops and admiring the scenery..

estes park

estes park

estes park

estes park

Again, another city, another sunset..

sunset

Tomorrow we head into Rocky Mountain National Park.

7/16/2003

Rocky Mountain [road trip] — jon @ 11:19 pm

Today we woke up in Estes Park, CO. We spent most of the day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The skies were overcast, but I was still able to get some interesting shots.

Once again, my penchant for all things flowing water is evident..

waterfall

flowing water

cascade

waterfall

waterfall

As we made our way up into the mountains..

altitude

..there were many opportunities for nice shots of the mountains..

mountains

alpine flowers

alpine valley

mountains

mountains

..and some wildlife..

mallard

chipmunk?

blue jay?

I wish this one came out better.. she was about 8 feet from me.. oh well..

doe

It was quite scenic at Sprague Lake..

dock

After a long day in the park, we headed down out of the mountains back into town for dinner..

estes flowers

And located the doggie park so Ike could run around like an idiot with other dogs for awhile.. (sorry, no photo)

Another day, another sunset...which we tried to capture back up in the park, but the clouds didn't cooperate..

sprague lake sunset

..not too bad. Tomorrow, we start the trek back east. First stop, North Platte, NE.

7/17/2003

North Platte [road trip] — jon @ 10:11 pm

Today we left Estes Park and headed for North Platte, Nebraska. Nothing too exciting to photograph.

We stopped in Greeley, CO and saw a neat old Union Station train depot..

union station

greeley, co

Once we got to North Platte, we headed into town for dinner. On the way we passed a Nebraska hobby shop..

hobby shop

We decided to eat at the A+W.. We don't have these around us at home..

a&w

The interior decor is pretty nifty..

gas pump

bar stools

Here's tonight's sunset over North Platte..

north platte sunset

Tomorrow it's on to Lincoln.

7/18/2003

Kearney [road trip] — jon @ 10:23 pm

We woke up in North Platte, Nebraska.

As I gassed up the van, I noticed a sign hanging at the gas station..

nowhere

Indeed.

We headed east from North Platte towards Kearney. The view from lunch at Applebee's was a bit different than we're used to..

combine

After lunch, we headed over to a train and trail museum. They had a neat old locomotive and caboose..

locomotive

boiler

caboose

engineer's view

windmill pump

Then it was off to the archway museum..

archway

museum

museum

highway view

drive in

jukebox

From Kearney it was on to Lincoln..

nebraska capital building

Another city, another sunset..

lincoln sunset

Tomorrow we head towards St. Louis.

7/19/2003

Missouri [road trip] — jon @ 10:15 pm

Today we woke up in Lincoln, Nebraska. After breakfast, we headed up to the Strategic Air and Space Museum. .

SAC Museum

They had some pretty nifty stuff, like this SR-71..

Blackbird

..and a B-17..

Flying Fortress

Tail Gunner

..and a B-52, including a cockpit you could climb into..

Stratofortress Cockpit

Stratofortress Cockpit

They also had some nifty old SAC comm and missile silo launch-control consoles..

SAC Comm Console

SAC Comm Console

SAC Missile Silo Launch Console

SAC GHFS Comm Console

..and some other nifty stuff..

M*A*S*H Jeep

Quilted Flag

U2

After the museum, we headed for Missouri, but we had to cross this toll bridge from Nebraska first..

$1.25

We drove completely across Missouri..

field

old barn

..to Hannibal, the home of Mark Twain.

Sorry, no sunset photo tonight.

7/20/2003

St Louis [road trip] — jon @ 10:40 pm

Today we woke up in Hannibal, Missouri.

hannibal mailbox

hannibal

We went and visited some Mark Twain historical sites. Then it was off to
St Louis to see the Gateway Arch.

gateway arch

gateway arch

As the sun sets over Indy..

bad sunset photo

..we get ready to head home tomorrow.

7/21/2003

Today we woke up in Indianapolis to this wonderful weather..

stormy

On the way home, we stopped for lunch in Springfield, Ohio..

big boy

It continued to storm most of the way home.

stormy flag

Pulling in the driveway, we drove 4,761.1 miles and hit 12 states.

Ohio:

ohio

Indiana:

indiana

Illinois:

illinois

Iowa:

iowa

Minnesota (no photo)

South Dakota:

south dakota

Wyoming:

wyoming

Montana:

montana

Colorado:

colorado

Nebraska:

nebraska

Missouri:

missouri

Kansas:

kansas

It was hard to judge color and sharpness on the laptop I had with me on the trip. Over the next few days I plan to go through the photos and re-edit them at home. Once I've got my favorites from the whole batch, I'll post them.


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